Major hurdles block reform for disabled public employees

by Ruth Leubecker

Many of Maine’s public workers have waited years for earned disability compensation; meantime many exist on limited resources, often from friends and churches.

“It’s very, very sad. The system has totally let these people down,” says Jerry Conley, an attorney who has made such cases his specialty. “I’ve been doing these cases for 20 years. It’s awful, and has grown worse over the years.”

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